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University of Kentucky: Department of Mathematics

The University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics maintains a vibrant graduate program with 35 faculty and approximately 70 graduate students. Our students are primarily U. S. Citizens and permanent residents. We prepare students for careers in teaching, research, industry, and government; we maintain close ties with our doctoral alumni who serve as mentors to current graduate students.

The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, Kentucky, in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. The metro Lexington region has a population of over 300,000 and has a lively art and cultural scene. Not far from Lexington, the Appalachian mountains offer opportunities for hiking, backpacking, and technical climbing.

We offer a flexible doctoral program that serves the interests of students in both pure and applied mathematics. Doctoral students choose three preliminary examinations from among the six areas of Algebra, Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, and Topology. Our exam system allows students to tailor programs to their own interests and needs.


Programs offered

The Mathematics Department features strong groups in Algebra, Analysis and Partial Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, and Topology.

Student body profile

Our graduate students are outgoing, and active, and form a supportive community of aspiring professionals that welcomes new students. Many of our students aspire for academic careers and take positions as tenure-track faculty at four-year liberal arts colleges or as postdoctoral researchers; some go on to obtain tenure-track positions at research universities. Others work in industry or in government positions including the National Security Agency. We regularly send students to workshops, conferences, and summer schools. We also host a number of regional and international conferences, giving our students a chance to connect with the larger mathematical community.

Funding opportunities

The Department has 62 teaching assistantships and a number of endowed fellowships to provide additional support for our students.

More information

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Contact for more information:

  • Ben Braun